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The Eve’s Gift


This eve’s gift is anticipation.

Merri and I send our best wishes, from our home to yours, for…

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a wonderful eve filled with positive anticipation.  Let’s encourage this wonderful feeling… an expectation of fulfillment.  Anticipation is the drawstring that opens the yearnings of our hearts and the flame that peels away the darkness that obscures the purpose in our unique individual paths.

Positive anticipation is more than expectation. It is the force that leads us to reveal more of our individual purposes and strengths.

The great Scottish author Samuel Smiles wrote: “An intense anticipation itself transforms possibility into reality; our desires being often but precursors of the things which we are capable of performing.

We can do and be what we anticipate.  We do not have to wait for the anticipated to enjoy its positive energy either.  In fact the expectation is the reward more than the fact.

A New York Times health article “How Vacations Affect Your Happiness” (linked below) by Tara Parker Pope gives us a clue when it says:

Researchers from the Netherlands set out to measure the effect that vacations have on overall happiness and how long it lasts. They studied happiness levels among 1,530 Dutch adults, 974 of whom took a vacation during the 32-week study period.

The study, published in the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life, showed that the largest boost in happiness comes from the simple act of planning a vacation. In the study, the effect of vacation anticipation boosted happiness for eight weeks.

The article then explains that the happiness in the vacation comes mainly from the expectation… not the event.  It says:  After the vacation, happiness quickly dropped back to baseline levels for most people.
Surprisingly, even those travelers who described the trip as “relaxing” showed no additional jump in happiness after the trip. “They were no happier than people who had not been on holiday,” said the lead autho, Jeroen Nawijn, tourism research lecturer at Breda University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.  “Vacations do make people happy,” Mr. Nawijn said. “But we found people who are anticipating holiday trips show signs of increased happiness, and afterward there is hardly an effect.”

Today we wish for you the special gift of positive anticipation that grows from tonight into always.

Gary

How Vacations Affect Your Happiness